Scientists recently learned that chimpanzees have their own language, allowing them to communicate in sentence-like structures. But what if we could one day walk up to animals like that and hold an actual conversation? What if you could understand your pet’s innermost thoughts? It turns out AI is the solution, as large language models can allow AI to talk to animals.
This idea sounds as if it came from a film. There are movies about humans talking to animals. According to the Earth Species Project ,, large language models could help us communicate more effectively with animals all over the world.
The idea here is that as these models become more fluent and understanding of the human language, why not take that same level of understanding and use it to help decode the languages animals use, too? This would allow AI to drive the communication between animals and humans. The Earth Species Project says it hopes that using AI to talk to animals will transform our relationship with the rest of nature.
And honestly, it could, if AI is able to talk to animals successfully. Of course, that is the big if, isn’t it. As much as AI may seem promising, the large language models on which companies rely to develop their AI systems have many problems. Some people believe that the future of AI doesn’t depend on these large language models. Instead, they believe that smaller, more robust systems are the key to pushing AI further.
Then, of course, you have all the doomsayers; the folks claiming that AI poses a threat to humanity’s existence-and it very well could, one day, according to pivotal AI experts. The idea of AI talking to animals sounds exciting. Especially as humans continue to destroy the various ecosystems on the planet. Imagine a global warming conference where an ice bear could speak up and express its feelings and fears about how humans are treating the planet. This is unlikely, because this type of research would most likely lead to the creation of synthetic creatures that could be used to control or protect wildlife.
Of course, being able to speak the same language and talk to an animal with AI isn’t the same as understanding it, and this kind of research still has a long way to go before it’s anywhere near viable. But it is an interesting route to take with AI research, and could hopefully lead to some intriguing breakthroughs sometime in the future.
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